City Manager Johnny Martinez suffered a minor stroke in early July and was expected back at work soon. Not yet. Anyone know how he is doing?
PARCEL B: Waterfront of American Airlines Arena (was supposed to be Soccer Fields).
According to Miami Today: Vacant county land beside American Airlines Arena, targeted in the past for many uses, is now central in talks of a Cuban Exile History Museum.
"A series of substantive, detailed and prolonged discussions" of the Cuban museum concept have been ongoing with Miami-Dade County and other officials, a county resolution states.
The use is planned for county commission discussion Sept. 17. It's the first formal plan for the site since the county studied a Bay of Pigs Library and Museum there in 2008.
When the county, the City of Miami and Miami Heat owners the Arison family cut an arena deal in November 1996, materials seeking voter approval on land use showed the site as parkland, including soccer fields. But the land never became park — or anything else.In Committee Audrey Edmonson wanted no park. She "asked the county's Recreation and Cultural Affairs Committee to again look away from park use and add to a cluster of new museums along the waterfront that includes science and arts museums just to the north. The committee, however, did not meet because it lacked a quorum." That is bizarre. Has she been to Bicentennial Park lately?
The Heat Group retained development rights, paying the county $175,000 a year for the rights as it planned retail stores and an amphitheater and sought a retail partner.